Definition of catatonia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkætəˈtəʊniə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkætəˈtoʊniə//
[uncountable] (medical) Mental and emotional problems
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a condition resulting from a mental illness, especially schizophrenia, in which a person does not move for long periods See related entries: Mental and emotional problems Word Originlate 19th cent.: from cata- ‘badly’ + Greek tonos ‘tone or tension’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: catatonia